2014 Annual Review & Outlook - Maritime

Rendering of port
12 Jan 2014
The Asia-Europe container market hogged the headlines in 2013 and looks set to dominate the industry’s agenda through 2014 as a flood of mega-ships hits the water amid sluggish cargo growth that saw two consecutive flat peak seasons and economic challenges at both ends of the world’s biggest trade lane.
09 Jan 2014
Shipping lines could find the intra-Asia trades an unhappy hunting ground in 2014 after a similarly tough 2013. But the long-term outlook remains positive.
Efficiency gauge
07 Jan 2014
New bridges, marine terminals and channel deepening get the headlines, but the key to ports’ success may lie in more mundane details such as better information flow and reduced delays for trucks.
Workers in Oakland
03 Jan 2014
West Coast employers in 2014 are bracing for what could be the most frustrating contract negotiations they’ve had with the powerful International Longshore and Warehouse Union in decades.

Commentary

Growth in U.S. containerized imports will accelerate this year thanks to an improving labor and auto market, a resilient manufacturing sector and expected gains in the value of the U.S. dollar as the Federal Reserve begins to taper its massive quantitative monetary stimulus. This acceleration hinges upon the major assumption that another debt-ceiling crisis will be avoided.

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